By Civic Exchange Civic Exchange welcomes the Review of Air Quality Objectives (AQO) as an important opportunity to reduce the threat to public health of Hong Kong’s highly polluted air. The government should state a new policy on air quality. Since 2006, Civic Exchange has proposed the following statement: The HKSAR Government’s policy goal is [...]
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By Christine Loh, published by Hong Kong Journal After a long delay, Hong Kong seems about to take a major step to clean up air pollution and improve public health. In July, the government finally launched a long-awaited public consultation on the city’s air quality standards, peculiarly referred to as its Air Quality Objectives (AQO).
FTI Newsletter – The world’s first real time tracker of the public health impacts and dollar cost of air pollution In order to communicate to the public the underlying health risks caused by existing levels of air pollution, Civic Exchange worked with Professor Hedley’s team at HKU to launch the Hedley Environmental Index (the Index). [...]
By Civic Exchange Hong Kong’s air pollution is unusually high and harmful to its citizen’s health for an economically mature service-based economy with high GDP, relatively sound governance structures, universal health care provision, and abundant financial reserves. Reference to the Hedley Environmental Index, demonstrates that Hong Kong’s daily emissions consistently exceed the World Health Organisation’s Air [...]
By Eric Cheng Air pollution may threaten the future of one of east Asia’s top financial destinations. Published by China Dialogue, Eric Cheng reports on a way to count the cost of the problem.
By Eric Cheng and Roy Luo …After many years of researching the correlation between air pollutants and related health impacts, Professor Hedley recognized the need to close the gap between generating scientific evidence and communicating the risks. The Hedley Environmental Index, using objective and peer-reviewed research, simultaneously educates the public and senior decision-makers in the [...]
Public opinion survey conducted by Hong Kong Transition Project, HKBU 2008 Survey on Hong Kong People’s attitudes toward air pollution, environment and public health, commissioned by Civic Exchange. Click to download the full report, report summary, presentation and press release.
Reflecting community concerns about air pollution, 500 people today attended “The Air We Breathe – a Public Health Dialogue”, a conference organised by Civic Exchange and funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to discuss solutions to Hong Kong’s air pollution and the associated public health benefits.
Civic Exchange launched the Hedley Environmental Index a new website created in collaboration with the Department of Community Medicine at HKU, which for the first time presents in real-time the public health and monetary costs of air pollution in Hong Kong.